Welcome to San Miguel de Allende and Mexico, via the experiences of Carol Schmidt (right) and Norma Hair, pictured enjoying the Dolores Hidalgo Jardin.
We'll show you how to live your dreams in Mexico and in San Miguel de Allende, which is a UNESCO World Heritage city; a writers, musicians, actors and artists colony; and a tourist draw for Mexicans seeking to recapture their own historic and cultural roots in the hundreds of fiestas and celebrations throughout the year..
Be sure to read "Carol's Blog," "Norma's Kitchen," our forums that have more a thousand registered forum members, the SMA FAQs, the 1,400 pictures of life in San Miguel de Allende and Mexico in the Photo Gallery, our list of recommended businesses and services, and the links to smamap.com, SMA weather, and current money exchange rates.
Sorry to say, "Cheap Eats" is no longer part of this website. We're doing a separate book of Carol's reviews of more than 100 "Cheap Eats, restaurants and food stands in San Miguel de Allende, where you can get at least the main course and often the entire meal for under the peso equivalent of $6 USD. Look for it on SMA streets later in 2010.
Carol and Norma tell you much more in their books, including their newest, The Best How-To Book on Moving to Mexico: Living Your Dream in Mexico, co-authored with Rolly Brook. He's the only gringo in Lerdo, Durango, compared to Carol's and Norma's life among about 12,000 expats in San Miguel de Allende, so the book shares diverse experiences with all aspects of your decision-making and your possible move to Mexico.
Order on Amazon.com or purchase copies in San Miguel de Allende at Tecolote bookstore, the Biblioteca gift shop, and La Conexion on Aldama 3. Or order from the "Our Bookstore" page of this website. The Table of Contents is included, to give you a fuller picture of The Best How-To Book on Moving to Mexico.
In Falling...in Love with San Miguel: Retiring to Mexico on Social Security Carol and Norma share their first four years discovering San Miguel on average Social Security income, presenting a calendar year's fiestas, learning Mexican history and culture, dealing with the hassles and adjustments of a new life in Mexico, and becoming totally smitten with San Miguel de Allende. Eight years later, we're still in love with San Miguel.
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